Building Green

Reach your green building goals with Ceco.

If LEED certification is one of your priorities, you have something in common with many of the architects, engineers, builders and facility owners we work with every day.

At Ceco, our metal building products, delivery methods and construction practices can help  you:

  • Reduce your building’s environmental impact from construction forward.
  • Earn valuable certification with LEED and ENERGY STAR.
  • Optimize your building’s performance—and potentially increase your ROI.

Energy Efficiency

Ceco provides extensive options in ENERGY STAR and LEED compliant cool roofs that reflect heat from the sun back to the sky instead of transferring it to the building below.

In addition to cool roofing, a properly insulated building takes less energy to heat and cool, which lowers both energy costs and environmental impact. Ceco has become an industry-leading supplier of insulated metal roof and wall panels.

Also, the uniform structural framing typical of most metal buildings provides added flexibility in both the amount and type of insulation you can use.

With Ceco, your sustainable building strategies are virtually built-in.

Here’s how Ceco products and practices support your green building objectives on any construction or renovation project.

Recyclability and Durability

Ceco roof panel systems and wall panel systems, structural members and other steel products are virtually 100% recyclable and contain between 30%-50% or more recycled material.

In addition to recyclability, metal roof and wall panels help reduce waste due to their unmatched durability and resistance to fire, wind and insects. For example, metal roofs last between 40 to 60 years and require significantly less maintenance than roofs made with other materials.

Regional Delivery

As a member of NCI Group, Ceco belongs to an extensive network of manufacturing facilities—meaning most of Ceco products never travel more than 500 miles. Not only does this network create a more economical product with reduced shipping costs, it also lowers the environmental impact of fuel emissions during delivery.

Economic Impact

Metal building systems are known for low maintenance and low operating costs. Depending on your green building strategy, we can help you optimize your building’s economic performance throughout its life cycle.

Ceco’s LEED Credit Guide

The chart below provides a more detailed look at how Ceco Building Systems can help you earn specific credits toward LEED certification.

LEED®-Ceco Building Systems Credit Guide
Number of
SS Credit 5.1 Site Development:
Protect or Restore Habitat
1 Being shop-fabricated, Ceco metal building systems allow field assembly using a minimal work area.
SS Credit 7.1 Heat Island Effect:Non-roof Up to 2 (1 plus 1 Exemplary Performance point4) By deploying parking covers with Ceco metal roof products, 1 point is earned for 50% of spaces covered, and an exemplary performance point can be earned for 100% of spaces covered.
SS Credit 7.2 Heat Island Effect:Roof 1 Our Snow White, Ivory, Bone White, and Solar White colors meet the low-slope requirement, and all Ceco colors meet the steep slope requirement of this credit.
EA Credit 1 Optimize Energy Performance Up to 10 By utilizing Ceco cool roof colors3 and insulated metal panels in your energy models, you can reduce external loads and downsize HVAC equipment to help get the most points possible.
MR Credit 4 Recycled Content: 10% and 20% Up to 2 Depending on the nature of the project, Ceco metal building systems will contain between 25% and 60% recycled steel by weight5 (Post-consumer + ½ Pre-consumer.) On a typical project, this will represent about 40% of our contract value.
EQ Credit 8.2 Daylight and Views: Daylight 75% of spaces 1 Ceco’s insulated light -transmitting panels are excellent diffusers when used on the roof or walls.


1. This table assumes LEED-NC v3.0 unless otherwise noted.

2. LEED requirements are based on all materials constructed under the project contract, of which the metal building is only a portion. Actual requirements may not be achieved once all materials are considered. Credit values shown on this table reflect those available, not necessarily those that are earned for a given project.

3. The use of cool roof colors may actually not be allowed in the energy code used for your project. In colder climates, darker roof colors may result in optimal energy performance. Consult your design professional for local requirements.

4. The claiming of Exemplary Performance points may be limited.

5. Using the US Steel Recycling Institute industry averages for October 2012.

6. For more information about LEED and the USGBC’s requirements for LEED Certification, please visit